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November 24, 2006

Dalton woman killed in wreck

A 26-year-old Dalton woman was killed and several others were injured in a three-car wreck late Wednesday night in Cleveland, Tenn.

Brandi Lanning, of Hamilton Street, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 1997 Cadillac she was driving was hit head on by a 2001 Dodge car on Dalton Pike, said an operator with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The Dodge, driven by Freddy Ruth, 37, of Cleveland, came around a curve and crossed the center line, “side-swiping” a 2004 Ford Ranger driven by Ronald Davis, 29, of Cleveland, the operator said. The Dodge then hit the Cadillac head-on, she said.

The Dodge and the Cadillac came to rest in a nearby field, the operator said.

Seven people were injured, but the incident report did not list the severity of the injuries, she said.

All passengers in the Cadillac were injured, Tracy Lanning, 28, of Chatsworth; Ely Lanning, 3, of Chatsworth; and Deborah Lanning, 52, of Dalton.

Davis was injured. No passengers were riding with him.

Bobby Cross, 21, of Cleveland, and Kaleigh Hicks, 7 months old, of Cleveland, were passengers in the vehicle Ruth was driving. All three had injuries, the operator said.

It was unknown if anyone was wearing seat belts because emergency medical responders had already removed people from the car before state troopers arrived, the operator said.

Charges are pending the outcome of an investigation.

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